Washington Trails Association's Board of Directors is a volunteer board made up of people who love the outdoors and believe in WTA's mission to protect hiking trails and ensure everyone has access to the outdoors. The WTA board helps establish the strategic priorities for the organization.
Jennifer Faubion — President
Jenny has been on the trails with her bent shovel and her mules since the age of five. She grew up in the foothills of Mount Rainier where she built trails, bridges and friendships that have spanned decades. She started volunteering with WTA in her youth, helping the Back Country Horsemen of Washington support WTA’s Volunteer Vacations. Jenny now lives in Seattle and works as an attorney at Cairncross & Hempelmann. You can still find her most weekends in the woods with her husband Amit, her daughters and their German Shorthaired Pointer, Daisy.
Michael Dunning — Secretary
Mike is a Partner at Perkins Coie where he practices environmental law. Mike joined WTA's board in 2015, and also serves on the board of One Less Mountain, serving the needs of homeless veterans. He has hiked, snowshoed and skied all over Washington, and can often be found in the Alpine Lakes wilderness.
Ashley Fontaine — Vice President, Advocacy
Ashley is a nonprofit consultant, coach and changemaker. She is a former executive director, and has 12 years of experience as a nonprofit leader. She works most closely with behavioral health and social justice organizations, on projects from strategic planning and fundraising to program development and volunteer management practices. She lives in north Seattle with her favorite hiking partner, her dog Molly. She loves sunset photography and any chance to capture the beauty of the Pacific Northwest on camera, and can often be found hiking back down in the dark with the assistance of her trusty headlamp.
Charlie Ann Lieu — Treasurer
Charlie is a professional problem solver, a recovering MBA, and amateur scientist who runs a consulting firm focused on strategy and operations. Charlie is an avid outdoorswoman, who does everything from kayaking to snowboarding but spends most of her time climbing and hiking (so she can get to climbing). She has volunteered with WTA since 2012 on trail maintenance, advocacy, strategy, public outreach, and writing for the Washington Trails magazine.
Matt Martinez — Vice President, Philanthropy
Matt is the Director of Content at 88.5 KNKX and previously spent more than 15 years as a producer for NPR’s flagship news magazines in Washington D.C. The beauty of the Pacific Northwest drew him to Tacoma where he lives within driving distance of his favorite place—Mount Rainier National Park. After years of extended vacations, he finally made the decision to move to the NW after hiking the Wonderland Trail. In addition to his regular hikes, you’ll often find him running trails in Tacoma's Point Defiance Park and riding his bike on the urban trail systems around the region. Matt is passionate about good storytelling and intends to spread WTA’s wonderful story of environmental stewardship far and wide.
Susan Queary — President, Board Development
Susan began her hiking career as a little girl in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, where she has climbed the forty-six highest peaks. She still pretty much always wants to climb to the highest point she can see. Now happily settled on Vashon Island, she has been slowly hiking the Pacific Crest and Appalachian Trails in sections, and hopes to complete them both before her knees give out. She is a principal with the local CPA firm Bader Martin, where she directs the firm’s trust, estate and philanthropic planning practice.
At Large Directors*
Ethan is a former Vice President of Technology at Amazon, now focused on giving back through career coaching and environmental advocacy. Ethan is an an avid hiker and climber, having climbed most of the volcanic peaks in our region and skied down several of them. Ethan is eager to help WTA become an effective model for other similar organizations across the nation and the globe. Ethan can be hard to find, as he enjoys going to the blank spot on the map and seeing what is there.
Thomas is a private sector and philanthropic strategist and consultant. He works with an array of real estate, restaurant and tech companies all of whom enhance economic vitality across Washington. Previously, Thomas served as Executive Director of the Washington Bus and was the founder of The Service Board. He is a fan of the craggy peaks of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness but the Olympia Peninsula is calling his name.
Joe is Vice President of Information Technology and Business Process at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and an avid hiker. He has been on the WTA board of directors since 2013 and is serving on the Finance Committee. His favorite hikes from the past summer include Goat Lake, Blanca Lake and an ascent to Camp Muir.
Ken grew up in Oregon and pursued a career in land use law, prior to becoming an Oregon state represenative. He has a deep appreciation for protecting our natural spaces and enjoys exploring throughout the Northwest. Ken believes in growing our economy and create jobs, while also preserving farmland and green spaces is the key to passing on our natural legacy to future generations.
Ken’s lifelong passion is hiking and backpacking, from his early days in the Boy Scouts to later years camping with family and friends. When he’s not in the mountains, Ken serves as an Interim Executive for companies going through organizational transitions and is also a leadership lecturer at the UW Foster School of Business. Ken has spent his career in the technology industry, including roles in companies both large and small, and a stint as CEO of the Washington Technology Industry Association. He loves the high country, whether in the Cascades, Olympics or Sierra, and admits to a weakness for cool camping gear.
Britt Provost is the Executive Vice President of People and Culture at Accolade. She has over 20 years of experience leading People, Culture and Talent teams in global and growth organizations. Britt is also an accomplished speaker and facilitator on topics including growing and developing leaders; building organizational culture; and creating high performing and engaged teams. She is passionate about the Seattle and Pacific Northwest community and our varied and amazing outdoor spaces. Her home away from home is the Olympic National Park, most especially Ruby Beach and the Hoh Rainforest area.
Professional change-maker. Rebel. Engaged advocate for equity, racial justice and social justice. Arun is the Equity Strategies Manager for King County’s Executive Office, Office of Equity and Social Justice; she advances equity and racial justice by overseeing strategic plan implementation, providing policy analysis for major Executive initiatives, and develops the Office’s budget. For Arun, hiking, backpacking, climbing and kayaking offer personal peace, challenge and adventure. She and her husband Joe have hiked and climbed worldwide, but they love the Cascades and Olympics so much, they had these mountains engraved in their wedding bands! Arun is committed to ensuring equity in accessing, preserving and using the outdoors; she is thrilled to advance WTA’s mission with a strong focus on equity and social justice. Someday, Arun hopes to summit Mount Athena in the Olympics — a goal she’s held since her first date with her husband.
Jenn is a Seattle native who has developed a love for trails and hiking over the past 15+ years. She’s a University of Washington alumni who dived into sales and later recruiting over the course of her professional career. Most recently, she has accepted a role as a Recruitment Marketing Strategist for Nestle USA. Jenn brings a natural and organic love for sharing her hiking adventures on Washington trails through social media channels, inspiring many to explore as well. She’s a passionate athlete of life, practicing yoga, longboard skating, weight training, and trying new local restaurants and bars.
* All Officers and At-Large Directors serve as independent, voting members of WTA's Board of Directors.
Green Hard Hat: Participated on five or more trail work parties.
Orange Hard Hat: Assistant crew leader for WTA on trail work parties.
Blue Hard Hat: Chief crew leader for WTA on trail work parties.